Sunday, October 26, 2014

Measuring the Messiah

Today is Reformation Sunday, the day we remember Martin Luther's act of nailing his 95 theses to the church door, kicking off the Protestant Reformation. The church, as it sails through history, tends to accumulate accretions from the culture through which it sails, and when it does, it gets less responsive to the will of God. At times like this, someone has to come along and scrape the barnacles off its bottom. The question is: if Jesus returned to us now with a word of correction, would we know Him?
Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Measuring the Messiah by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Coin of the Realm

If God chose to speak to the whole world through a 17 year old Muslim girl, would you listen? What are your ideas about the solution to the violence in the Middle East? What do you imagine God's solutions would entail? Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Coin of the Realm by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Strong Leader, Wrong Leader

The fear of the Lord is a phrase that has passed its prime. We don't think that way much any more, but maybe we should. Our world is filled with churches offering the oddest sorts of theologies! The church leader is the one caught in the middle when the church wants one thing and the congregation would much prefer a more comfortable interpretation. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Strong Leader, Wrong Leader by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Too Righteous for her Own Good

I think that we have forgotten over the past two thousand years what an annoyance and a thorn in the side Jesus was to the "nice" people of Palestine -- the law followers, the get-me-through-the-day people, those who had made a career of their religion. Certainly, today's Christianity rarely seems to be an annoyance to the business-as-usual types of our day. We have come to a comfortable faith that demands that the church Elders be careful to monitor the heating and air conditioning settings so all are comfortable.

Often we substitute our own comfort levels for righteousness and come to worship them idolatrously. We are so satisfied by the way we meet our needs so perfectly that we get too righteous for our own good. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Too Righteous for Her Own Good by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.


Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Punkin Vine

I'm going to get letters. Angry letters. Hurt letters. I'm going to get letters because of this sermon. I'm sorry if it makes you mad or hurt, but remember what does your God require of you but to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God? Oh! And don't throw things at me!


Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Punkin Vine by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Entitlement

I was speaking with a lady at the hospital the other day. She said she was a Baptist and jokingly asked if that was all right.  The other lady with us, who was not a Baptist, replied, "They're all the same. Do the right thing and you get to go to heaven."

REALLY??? So...it's like a contract, then? (fist bump) done deal, God? Do the right thing and God is bound to pay off.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. as we welcome Rev. Ann Pitman of First Presbyterian as liturgist for this week's sermon, Entitlement by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Getting Even

When we were kids, questions of right and wrong were presented to us in simplistic terms that kids could understand. It was right to treat elders with respect and to help your smaller siblings. It was wrong to throw your pureed carrots on the wall and throw a hissy fit.

Adults soon learn that right and wrong are seldom that clear. In any violent conflict, there will be equities on both sides. So, if both sides have credible claim to having been injured by the other, the only one who could blame them for getting even is the one who rejected the entire concept of getting even.


Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Getting Even by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.